The Sovereignty of God
Upon reading the actual definition of sovereignty (supreme power or authority), I began to question where the doctrine I grew up with came from.
What did we believe? What do most of the people I know believe? God is in complete control and whatever He wants to happen will happen. “Everything happens for a reason.” — making God responsible for literally every single thing that happens in the world, good or bad. Making it appear as if we are all just puppets on a grand stage, performing for the master of it all.
The thing is, God isn’t able to do anything and everything. One thing? God is not able to lie. The Bible says in Hebrews 6:18, “It is impossible for God to lie…” Another thing, He cannot break a covenant. Psalm 89:34, “My covenant I will not break.” Big one here, He cannot force anyone to follow Him, though He wants so badly to see all of mankind to be with Him. 2 Peter 3:9
God has limited Himself in regards to what He will control and not control on this Earth. In Genesis 1:28, God gave mankind dominion over the earth and everything in it. Then, Adam and Eve condemned mankind to the rule of Satan on this Earth. They turned the Earth over to him, through their sin, and now he is ruler. If you believe God controlled all of that, then why would you believe God loves mankind?
Now, the enemy has dominion over the Earth, but not over those who receive Christ as their Savior. Jesus took care of that problem, but we still live in a broken world. That being said, God provided help for us. James 4:7, “Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” See Matthew 16:19
I think we put up with more than we have to because we do not truly believe what God tells us. When was the last time an attack came, that you recognized as the enemy, and you stood firmly rooted in the Word and fought him off as Jesus did? You know, when Satan came and tempted Jesus. Jesus simply stood on the Word of God until the enemy left. He resisted the devil. Matthew 4:1-11
There are a lot of things that happen in our lives. Hurtful, horrible things. There is not a single person in this world that can say they’ve never had to deal with really difficult circumstances, but I do not believe that God causes them or sends them our way. And, I do not believe in the stand-by, “God allowed it.” Unless, we are talking about God allowing us free-will. Free-will causes our problems, and yes, God gave us free-will. So, in that sense, you can say He allows it. But, I do not believe God allows each circumstance. God isn’t up there saying, “Yes, I will allow those teenagers to drink and drive and cause an accident that kills that wonderful family.” or “Yes, she can have cancer, that’s cool with Me.” “Of course it’s okay with Me that he becomes a sex offender and molests multiple young ladies over the course of 30 years.”
By saying that God is in control of everything, that He allows everything to happen, we are saying He is not good. Mark 10:18. That He is not love. 1John 4:8. I believe a lot of the responsibility for the continued falling of mankind is on the Christians. We are not taking up our spiritual authority and living as God wants us to live. We are not resisting the devil. Mostly, we just submit to him and to the ways of the world. And then we pass it off as “God’s will.”
The question I have is, will you take the time to consider what you believe? Will you check out the Word of God for yourself and let Him soften your heart to Him and to the knowledge of who He really is? If you will, it is more than worth your time and effort.
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